Call for Papers - Special Issue, 2021

When the Oppressed Rise: Education as a Tool for Decolonization

The year 2021 marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of Paulo Freire. One of the most influential educators of all time, Freire's seminal work, "Pedagogy of the Oppressed," continues to shape policy and practice in education worldwide more than five decades after its publication.

The book argues that traditional forms of education have been contributing to the dehumanization of individuals. This dehumanization emerges from an unfair social order that divides people into the "oppressed" and the "oppressors." In Freire's view, because oppressors benefit from the logic of oppression and do not want or know how to operate outside of it, the oppressed are the most prepared agents to lead on the path towards freedom. Through education and the development of critical consciousness, Freire proposes that historically marginalized groups can and will change the world for the better.

This call for papers is an opportunity to pay homage to Freire's legacy and recognize the efforts of many oppressed individuals and communities around the globe that are using education as a means to overcome different forms of oppression and promote the decolonization of knowledge and educational practices.

For the 2021 Special Issue, CICE welcomes submissions related to topics focusing on how historically marginalized individuals and groups in diverse settings use education to make their voices heard.


Deadline extended to July 16, 2021

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